Frito-Lay Jim Rich Service Center & Offices Henrietta, New York


The design of Frito-Lay’s primary distribution center in western New York showcases an array of innovative strategies and systems that reduce energy consumption dramatically, circulate and clean air and water, and serve as a prototype for efficient, intelligent, green commercial buildings.

Envisioned as a living laboratory for testing the performance of these approaches, this LEED Gold project will be closely monitored to identify cost-effective strategies for replication at other sites. High-efficiency mechanical systems, advanced building controls, energy-efficient lighting, optimal interior daylighting, and a well-insulated envelope combine to create an highly energy-effective facility. The building relies on renewable power from photovoltaic (PV) rooftop arrays, a solar entry canopy—one of the building’s distinguishing features—and a certified green energy purchasing program. The design makes use of abundant natural daylight and a palette of safe, health materials to ensure indoor comfort and workplace quality for the 20 people staffing the center.


Warehouse facility and offices


40,900 square feet


Completed March 2005


William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect
Stantec, Architect of Record
Siteworks, Landscape Architect


AIA Central Virginia Awards, 2006
ACEC New York Diamond Award, 2006